IDF prosecutors succeeded in getting the sentence of Peleg draft dodger, Meir Brodiansky, increased from 20 days, which was originally the sentence handed out by the Yaffo military court, to 45 days. Brodiansky will serve his term with an eight day vacation for Pesach built in.
Menachem Stauber, who served as the Defense Attorney for the defendant told Israeli media that in reality, Brodiansky would only serve 34 days, due to the general amnesty that is taking effect on Yom Ha’atzmaut.
The judge made note that Brodiansky did not live up to his responsibilty of filling out a request for deferral, and therefore viewed this case in a strict manner.
During the sentencing hearing, the prosecutors asked for imprisonment lasting 150 days. Had they succeeded in obtaining such a large sentence, it was expected that members of the Peleg faction would take to the streets and block roads right before Pesach.
The new Moetzes of the Peleg / Bnei Torah Party announced that: “Due to the criminal punishment that was given to imprisoned Yeshiva Bochur Meir Broiansky, we will be stepping up the fight. Tomorrow, (Thursday) we will gather in protest in various locations that will be publicized in the near future.”
“We will continue to fight this terrible plan to bring the Charedim into the IDF with all our might,” said a spokesperson for the Peleg.
As YWN reported, Meir Brodiansky, a Yeshiva Bochur affiliated with the Peleg was arrested at a checkpoint on Highway 90 near Maale Adumim during a routine inspection two weeks ago. When it was determined by police that he is AWOL from the IDF, he was arrested and handed over to military police.
Meir is a Talmid at Yeshiva Kol Torah – a Peleg affiliated Yeshiva. He is a grandson of Rav Yitzchock Yeruchim Bordiansky, who is a Mashgiach in the Yeshiva.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)